Guardiola Warns Mbappe

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LON­DON (Dis­patches) - Pep Guardiola re­fused to pre­dict whether Kylian Mbappe can reach the strato­spheric lev­els of Lionel Messi, but warned “no­body can sit at the same ta­ble as” the Barcelona star.

Guardiola’s Manch­ester City were one of the vic­tims of Mbappe’s sen­sa­tional break­through cam­paign at Monaco last sea­son – the teenager scor­ing in each leg of a thrilling Cham­pi­ons League last-16 tie that the Ligue 1 club won on away goals fol­low­ing a 6-6 draw.

In all, Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 games as Monaco beat Paris Saint-Ger­main to the Ligue 1 ti­tle and reached the semi-fi­nals in Europe.

Mbappe has since swapped the principality for PSG, link­ing up with Messi’s for­mer col­league Ney­mar as the Parisians look to mus­cle in on the fight for con­ti­nen­tal dom­i­nance.

The France in­ter­na­tional scored on his PSG de­but, and fol­lowed it up with a strike against Celtic in mid­week, but Guardiola says such feats at a young age do not guar­an­tee fu­ture suc­cess.

“No­body can sit at the same ta­ble as Messi,” Guardiola said. “Maybe Mbappe, he’s a top player, he will be an out­stand­ing player, I’m pretty sure of that. “But to equal what Messi has done in 10 or 12 years, or Cris­tiano [Ron­aldo], for ex­am­ple, we have to wait. “I ap­pre­ci­ate Mbappe wouldn’t like me to put more pres­sure on his shoul­ders.

“I think Messi has the num­bers of 60/70 games ev­ery sea­son, in the big games, al­ways be­ing there to score and as­sist, never in­jured, al­ways plays ev­ery three days, never in­jured be­cause he con­trols his body.

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